Sep. 04


Catching Fire: The Rough Luxe Look is Hot for Fall

by Lynn Byrne

Rough Luxe Kitchen

I was in the dark, but my love for chippy, crusty surfaces juxtaposed with something sleek or plush has a name. It’s called Rough Luxe style.  I finally know how to describe what is happening design-wise in my Montauk house.

I am so not out in front when it comes to the name on this one–even though I have been living the look for  some 8 years now. First reported in the Wall Street Journal in 2009, Rough Luxe has a website, a book and even a hotel.

Rough Luxe Hotel

Lobby, the Rough Luxe Hotel in London, England

This fall, however, the trend seems to gaining resonance in the mainstream.  Canadian magazine House & Home (source of the first image)  and Elle Decoration showed it extensively in their October issues and the September House Beautiful and October UK Home and Garden both featured products that can help you get the look.

So what is it?  Rough Luxe is  all about the contrast between old and new.  There are lots of worn surfaces, paired with something shiny like gilt or glass, or streamlined like metal.  And it is not just in a home’s furnishings—Rough Luxe can be expressed in the architecture as well, most often in distressed walls.  Many of yesterday’s doors fit right in.

Rough Luxe

How to get the look? Start with a worn painted surface, add in some home accessories in “grayed out” jewel tones, show a reverence for natural wood, and don’t forget something lustrous or gleaming.

I think I need to get my hands on that book.

Photo credits: 1. and  3.(hotel lobby) , Canadian House & Home.  First collage, Lynn Byrne for Decor Arts Now.  Second collage, October 2012 Elle Decoration,  Third Collage, Green bedroom photographed by Philippe Kress for October 2012 Canadian House & Home,   bathrooom image from the Rough Luxe Hotel, other images from October 2012 Elle Decoration. 

Shopping: 1. Reclaimed boatwood flooring from Indoteak design. 2. Table by Don Howell via Caviar20 (see his Rough Luxe home in October 2012 Canadian House & Home.   3. 2nd Cycle stools by Artek  4. Schoolhouse Electric. 5. and 7., Indigo. 6. Etsy

Aug. 21


BIG FALL TREND: The “Curated Look” And How To Get It

by Lynn Byrne

Gallery Wall, Curated Look

More exciting news for me and Decor Arts Now!  I have been asked by, along with 9 other design bloggers, to weigh in on fall’s biggest design trends.  I call ‘em as I see ‘em, and this fall everywhere I turn there is talk about “curating” your home.

So what does that mean?

Simply put, it is all surrounding yourself with objects that you love so that your home reflects your unique and personal style.  You can read all about it right here, including tips on how to get the look!  Hint—hanging art salon style on a gallery wall is one good way.

Love the platter

Some of the art that is part of this display is not hung, but leaning on the floor

The dresser and objects on it are part of this display

Innovative way to hang mirrors and art seen by me at this year's Kips Bay Showhouse

Incorporate your kids' artwork

Camouflage the TV


Yep, you can hang salon style on wallpaper

Want to try a gallery wall for yourself?  Here are my tips on how to get a balanced arrangement and hang everything properly.

First, create templates by tracing your pictures/objects on craft paper.  I first play with the templates on the floor to come up with a pleasing arrangement.  Then, hang the templates on the actual wall as shown below.  I also fold each template in half for an easy center mark for my hook.  I mark each template with the exact place for each hook and drive my nails right through the paper.  It is easy to pull the paper off once the hook is in place.  If you expect your arrangement to evolve over time, and think you may need to move things around at a later date, try these 3M Command hangers which can be easily removed without damage to your walls.

To learn about the other trends, click here.  Fall is just around the bend.

First image of my home by Ellen McDermott.  All other images gathered on my gallery wall Pinterest board.

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